Earth Spiral

Earth Spiral

Here is my ‘Earth Spiral’ tapestry finished at last. I can’t believe how long it has taken me to complete something that is only 8 ins square – a combination of hot weather preventing me from working and also having to undo several bits and re-do them from time to time until I was reasonably satisfied with the shape. On top of that just lately my get-up-and-go seems to have got up and gone and inertia has rather set in, due in part perhaps to a rather hectic last few weeks. However I am pleased with the final result and the effect of the blended yarns, both in the background and in the spiral. I think you can just make out the mid-greeny-brown between the dark green and brown yarns of the spiral – it creates a slightly more obvious shading in reality than the photo suggests.

As you can see it is still on the loom. I warped the frame with the intention of turning it over to work another piece on the other side but as yet I have not decided what to weave. We will be away later this week for a few days (leaving our son to cat sit) but I will not be taking the weaving frame with me this time, though I do intend to spend some time thinking about what to do next, both on the other side of this piece and on my larger looms. I have now bought some new warp yarn for my floor loom and need to plan what I intend to do on there, plus I have many ideas for things I would like to do on my nail frame loom. Thank goodness we now have some cooler weather making it a bit more comfortable to work with wool!

As yet I have not decided what to do with this tapestry. One suggestion is that I work a series of related pieces and present them as a whole in some way. I am quite taken with this idea but need to come up with some related symbols/designs. One possibility is more ‘earthy’ designs and another is to perhaps represent air, fire and water in similar style – any suggestions for appropriate symbols will be most appreciated.


Who would have thought that such a simple design would be so difficult to weave? Well, yes I suppose that should be fairly obvious since it is a spiral and so the curves progress in such a way that you are frequently adding more colour threads. This is the design that I started for my Gallery Day at the Nuneaton exhibition (read about it in my previous post here).

Spiral weaving

As you can see progress has been slow. This is in part due to the weather – it has been so hot that weaving with wool has been something I just couldn’t do for very long at a time and some days not at all. I even took it with me when we were away for a week but didn’t touch it during that time. Fortunately it has been a bit cooler recently and so I have been able to weave again

Then again, this is the most complex piece I have woven to date – a deliberate decision on my part in order to progress as a tapestry weaver. As mentioned in my previous post on the subject I am using three earthy colours for the spiral and randomly blending two colours for the background. These two are beige and white. Both of these are two-ply wool and I am using the beige just as it comes, but so that the white does not show too much of a contrast I am unplying lengths of both the beige and the white then using one single ply of each together for the lighter areas. I am slightly increasing the white content as the spiral nears its centre.

The spiral itself still causes me a few problems, mainly due to sorting out the three shades (it would have been far easier just to use one) and from time to time I have to undo and re-do some areas – but that’s weaving for you! Hopefully before too long I will be able to show you the finished piece.